The One-Week Fix for Bad Behavior

p_101773125“Why does Julian have to be so annoying?” Usually, when my 9-year-old daughter, Charlotte, poses this question about her 4-year-old brother, my response is, “Don’t call your brother annoying.” But one rainy day, after spending hours listening to Julian’s whining, I asked myself: “Why do kids have to be so annoying?”

Nothing drives me crazier than my son’s high-pitched complaints, except Charlotte’s tendency to pinch or smack her brother. Sometimes I wonder if my stress level is higher because I’m a single mom. Still, the married mothers I know say every child has a behavior that’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. But we may be as much to blame as our kids. “If you focus on what a child is doing wrong, he’ll naturally resist, which leads to arguments and worse conduct,” explains Bernard Percy, a parenting consultant in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Early Development Tips and Tools

Children-reading-1Podcast—Turning On or Tuning Out: The Influence of Media on Young Children’s Development – In this podcast, Dr. Ellen Wartella talks about recent research on the impact of media on young children and how parents can use this information to make good decisions around TV and other “screens”.

Your Child’s Development – This set of nine, age-based handouts include a “what to expect” chart for each age range, suggestions for supporting your baby or toddler’s healthy development, frequently asked questions, a research summary, and information about common parenting challenges for each age and stage.

Healthy Minds – This set of seven, age-based handouts link child and brain development and highlight the important ways in which babies and toddlers grow and learn in the first three years.  Continue reading